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East Lansing city council OKs tentative development deal

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
East Lansing residents packed a special meeting Tuesday evening on the proposed Center City District development project

The East Lansing city council has approved a tentative deal paving the way for a $132 million development project that would change the look of the college town’s downtown.

The 12-story complex will include hundreds of apartments and retail space.   

Mayor Mark Meadows hopes the Center City District project will attract more older people to East Lansing’s downtown.    

“Now someone can open a retail space that doesn’t just cater to somebody who’s 18 to 24 years old,” says Meadows.

Some East Lansing residents worry what the large complex will do to the downtown Grand River strip and the potential financial commitments the deal could tie to the city.   

The project still has some hoops to jump through, but Meadows hopes to see shovels in the ground as soon as September.    

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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